Miami Springs has a growing crime corridor along NW 36th Street.  And while this has long been the area for vehicular burglary, the crimes are growing more serious including prostitution, narcotics, shootings, and sex trafficking.

Just this morning, the Miami Springs Police Department issued the following release:

“The Miami Springs Police Department along with the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Human Trafficking Task Force, Miami-Dade Police Department, City of Miami Police Department, Miami Beach Police Department, Department of Homeland Security, H.I.D.T.A. and other federal partners executed search warrants on Monday, September 14th at the Runway Inn Miami Airport Hotel located at 656 East Drive. These search warrants were based on a collection of investigative information and undercover operations.

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Runway Inn

Several individuals were identified and four were taken into police custody. Numerous items  were seized and impounded as evidence. Three other individuals are pending apprehension.

Criminal charges range from Narcotics Possession with Intent to Distribute to Narcotics Trafficking. 

This investigation is ongoing.”

Chief Guzman with State Attorney
File photo: Chief Guzman during a press conference with the State Attorney.

RUNWAY INN SHOOTINGS

Less than 30 days ago, we reported on 2 people shot at the Runway Inn.

2 Shot at Runway Inn

HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Also last month, we reported of a 14 year old girl rescued from Human Trafficking by the Miami Springs Police:

14 Year Old Girl Rescued from Human Trafficking by Miami Springs Police and Other Agencies

TRESPASSING

And those big crimes lead to more of the little crimes.  A reader shared video of a trespasser running around his home.

Caught on Camera: Video Shows Alleged Trespasser on Forrest Drive

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

I know that residents living on the east side of Miami Springs and throughout our entire city are tired of this.  They are tired of our city being used as a haven for crime.  Residents are tired of transients and criminals trespassing through their homes.  Residents are tired of the vehicle break ins from these losers.  Residents are tired of our Police Department’s resources being exhausted by hotels who could care less about our way of life and who are thrilled that we, the residents, pay for the excellent police service used by these hotels.

We want to thank the City of Miami Springs Police Department for all they do, but we can’t expect them to solve this on their own.  Our police can catch the bad guys, but they can’t shut down the Runway Inn.  It’s time for the City of Miami Springs to setup an “All of Government” approach to fix this problem that would include:

  • Miami Springs Police Department
  • Miami Springs Public Works
  • Miami Springs Zoning & Code Enforcement
  • Miami Springs Citizen Crime Board

It’s time we take our community back from the 36th street crime corridor that is infecting the residents nearby.

I know we are all tired of this, but I’m asking you this:  What can we all do to solve this problem?  Let’s not point fingers.  None of us have solved this problem.  Let’s acknowledge we have a problem and I encourage you to share solutions that will fix this once and for all.

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